One of the (greatest) benefits of using cloud video as a service is you simply need to have a (good) Internet connection, a computer and a browser. We are sure your company has invested in computers with a good internet connection and everyone at your company has always a browser window opened in your desktop just in case you need to check your email, you social network profiles, news or the latest professional, tech and fashion trends (yes, we know you do because we do the same) – otherwise you would not be reading this article.
There are are many options when it comes to browsers, specially because companies have several concerns that inevitably affect their decision, such as security, privacy and speed. In a quick search over the internet (through your prefered browser, of course) you can find plenty of reviews and opinion articles about which browser performs the best.
Nevertheless, numbers say something about quality as well. And Google Chrome is the preferred browser amongst individual and enterprise users. According to StatCounter, Chrome has seen its worldwide traffic grow during the first months of 2016 – in April, 60.5% of the users across the world accessed Chrome from their desktops – an increase of about 14% since April 2015.
And because users are everywhere, on the move, Google estimates 1 billion mobile internet users have Chrome browser as their first choice when they access internet from their smartphones or tablets. Firefox comes in second, competing with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and the brand new Edge, but substantially far from the traffic Chrome is winning month by month.
IE was once the most popular browser option – and is actually the longest running. At the beginning of last year, IE still controlled almost 60% of the user traffic, but the Microsoft’s decision to give 17 months to all users to upgrade their older versions of IE (including the popular IE 8 version) to newer versions supported by Windows 7 and 8.1, followed by the support suspension of the older browsers, encouraged users to find alternatives. Besides, IE’s popularity made it a coveted target to viruses and malicious attacks, a strong contribution to its vulnerability and consequent abandonment of IE feature and security updates.
Source: Net Applications
The many companies which still use older versions of IE as default browsers are now facing potential security and privacy issues and longer waiting time to load search results and website pages, which inevitably affects the performance of web applications and cloud-based software.
Chrome for the best cloud video conferencing experience
Before blaming the app for its so-called poor quality, bear in mind some browsers were designed, built and updated with features that boost the performance of websites and web applications. Annual and monthly browser reviews put Firefox and Chrome at the top for their speed, security and privacy, extensions and features. And because both support WebRTC (browser-based real-time communications), they are the preferred browsers for web and video conferencing platforms.
WebRTC was released in 2011 by Google as an open source software project. Since then it has been optimized to support browser-to-browser applications for communications in real time – voice, video and file sharing. Using just a browser, any user can use apps to share content and start an audio or video call without external plugins or software installation.
Chrome was developed by Google and, as expected, WebRTC is native in this browser (and also in Mozilla Firefox and Opera; Microsoft Edge had recently joined the supported browsers elite club). This means the possibilities of WebRTC are full in a Chrome or Firefox browser. You can start and manage a voice or video call from a browser on your laptop or mobile phone while seated comfortably in a video conferencing room or the airport waiting lounge.
For this many advantages – and specially because is accessible to everyone who wants to give it a shot – Chrome is the most suitable option for a complete and indefectible video conferencing experience. Companies across the world and all dimensions recognize Chrome’s benefits for their everyday activities. When it comes to security, Google has never concealed its security and privacy certificates, something they take seriously. Google Chrome is trusted by large and highly protected companies and institutions – even the US Government.
One more thing…
Inevitably, we are dealing with technology. Let’s face reality and assume technology has its failures. Your Chrome browser can rock and your video meetings still fail. Why? Several reasons – but begin to check your bandwidth.
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